unspoken1It doesn't take long to find yourself singing along with the compelling lyrics of Unspoken.

Unspoken / The World Is Waking
Artist: Unspoken
Centricity Music

It doesn't take long to find yourself singing along with the compelling lyrics of Unspoken. The first album, called The World Is Waking, starts off with “I lift my life up.” The intro is a piano piece with a sense of urgency, echoed in the vocals as lead vocalist Chad Mattson asks “You brought me this far, so why would I question You now?”  The song moves quickly into a very catchy chorus: “I lift my life, lift my life up- I give it all in surrender; I lift my heart, lift my heart up- You can have it forever!” It leaves the listener with a very clear reminder of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus- complete surrender.

As the album continues, the lyrics are no less moving.  With a strong theme of the artist’s relationship with God, The second track, “Everything,” states “If I only have Your love- I have everything!” What a blessed promise of hope for us, for He is our provider.

This first album seems to be a bit of an experiment, musicly speaking. There are songs such as the aforementioned, in which they sound very similar to “The Afters”. By the time “In Your Hands” comes on, it takes an almost Gospel-sounding feel. It is very beautifully written, with Mattson showing that he definitely has a wide range of capabilities and abilities in singing. The middle of the album finds the song “Bury The Workman,” which seems an experiment with blues.  Definitely a put-your-hands-together bit, the only fault I find with it is the placement on the album. It has a “last song” feel to it; if you were unaware of track listings, it might catch you by surprise when the next song starts.

“Run To You” is that track, and it definitely is much more upbeat than the previous songs, with guitars having a bigger impact than the piano which was so present in the first 4 songs.  It is here that it takes a bit more of a rock genre feel; really, the only consistant sound being the vocals.

Most of the album seems to be a reflection on our relationship with God, but the eighth track, “Who You Are,” focuses in on the listener who may have wandered from that relationship. “You can never fall to far… that you can’t get back when you’re lost” they sing, reminding us that we can always find our way back to the cross.  “You’ve Got Love For Me” finds lyrics that talking about how much value the relationship with Christ is, saying that no matter what we have been through, God’s love has been with us… all to a pop-rock feel that makes you feel like dancing.

Overall, this album has a very eclectic feel to it.  It is good but lacks consistency on style and genre, feeling very much like the artists are attempting to discover who they are.  This random feel shifts with the second, self-titled album. Sporting many songs from the first album, the one thing that just comes out right is a clarity genre.

A new song starts off this record, “Start A Fire,” which is an instant radio hit.  Departing from the “throw-everything-on-the-wall-and-see-what-genre-sticks,” they capture a soft-rock feel that flows together smoothly, with new addition songs such as “Good Fight” and “Call It Grace” that lyrically are just as moving and encouraging.

One of my favorites on this album is "Real Thing."  It brought to mind the book of Ecclesiastes, as the song talks about how we are all looking for something.  "We've all been fooled before, put our faith in something beautiful; but even beauty fades," we are reminded. So what is the real thing? "Jesus, You are the real thing!"

This second album is definitely much better done, and well worth having.  Produced about a year after the first, you can definitely tell there has been a lot of musical maturity and growth in the band.  The choruses are memorable and catchy, and everything seems to go together naturally.  If you like bands like The Afters or Newsong, both albums are worth having. They could be a hit band with popular radio singles for years to come…
 
Randy Jackson
 
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